Crowe flies in to save show

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Rus­sell Crowe (pic­tured ) steps in to host the Aus­tralian Academy of Cin­ema and Tele­vi­sion Arts Awards cer­e­mony af­ter pre­sen­ter Hugh Sheri­dan had to pull out. The awards, which are tele­vised on Wed­nes­day by Chan­nel 10 are at­tended by the cream of Aus­tralia’s act­ing tal­ent as pre­sen­ters, in­clud­ing AACTA pres­i­dent Ge­of­frey Rush and AACTA am­bas­sador Cate Blanchett. AACTA an­nounced Crowe would take over at the last minute af­ter a sched­ul­ing con­flict in Los An­ge­les for Sheri­dan. Crowe flies in to Syd­ney af­ter host­ing the AACTA In­ter­na­tional Awards in Los An­ge­les on Satur­day. AACTA CEO Damian Trewhella says Crowe has shown his com­mit­ment to the Academy since its launch 18 months ago. ‘‘That Rus­sell is host­ing two events for the Aus­tralian Academy in LA and Syd­ney within the space of a week at­tests to both his sup­port of the Aus­tralian screen in­dus­try, and his lead­er­ship with AACTA as we pro­mote a voice for the Aus­tralian in­dus­try in the US,’’ says Trewhella. ‘‘We are in­cred­i­bly pleased to have Rus­sell on board.’’

His sen­ti­ments are echoed by Ten chief pro­gram­ming of­fi­cer, Bev­erly McGar­vey: ‘‘We have no doubt he will cap­ti­vate his au­di­ence,’’ she says. Other stars at­tend­ing in Syd­ney in­clude Hugo Weav­ing, Rove McManus, Deb­o­rah Mail­man and Lachy Hulme. Wed­nes­day, 9.30pm, Ten, Ten SC

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